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Mauritius, a leading investment destination

Mauritius, your gateway to Africa and the Indian Ocean

Mauritius is the gateway to Africa and Indian Ocean since 1700’s. Thanks to its political and social stability, Mauritius can pride itself on being a country with favourable conditions for living, doing business and investing. Mauritius has developed from a low income agricultural economy to a stable diversified upper middle-income economy. With an economic growth rate of 4% per year, the country is among the most prosperous in the Indian Ocean. It recently amended and reinforced its legal framework with the notable inclusion of anti-money laundering legislation to favour its economic development, while at the same time guaranteeing the rules of transparency, good governance and ethical standards.

Mauritius ranks 1st in Africa
in various international indices

Doing Business Index 2019 (World Bank) | 20th worldwide – 1st in Africa

Global Competitiveness Index 2018-2019 (World Economic Freedom) | 49th worldwide – 1st in Africa

Mo Ibrahim Index of African Governance 2018 |
1st in Africa

Social Progress Index 2018
| 43th worldwide –
1st in Africa

Human Freedom Index 2019 (Fraser Institute) | 37th worldwide – 1st in Africa

Democracy Index 2018 (Economist Intelligence Unit) | 17th in the world –
1st in Africa

Reasons for investing in Mauritius

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Income tax, corporate tax and VAT fixed at a maximum rate of 15%

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Easy, quick and efficient processes for new business establishment

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Tax-free dividends / No capital gains tax

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No requirement for local partnership

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No minimum capital requirement for the incorporation of a company

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Well-developed institutional infrastructure: international banks, legal and accounting firms

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Legal security and political stability

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No foreign exchange controls

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Highly-skilled bilingual (French, English) local workforce

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Excellent quality of life

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More than 32,000 offshore entities

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An emerging country with advanced IT and telecommunication facilities

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A minimal time-zone difference from the main European capitals

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A modern port - a hub for the region

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Extensive flight connectivity: served by more than 20 major airlines (with more than 25 daily flights to Europe)

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The best Airport in Africa (by the Airports Council International (ACI))A new scheme designed for international businesses and foreign investors: the Smart City Scheme

Choose Mauritius to
implement your business

Several further conditions must be fulfilled in order to obtain the right to start up an economic activity on Mauritian territory. As per the Companies Act of 2001, every domestic company must have at least one director who is ordinarily resident in Mauritius as well as a registered office address on the island (not a PO Box). A foreigner who wants to open a business in Mauritius needs to first set about incorporating a domestic company.

The reputation of Mauritius as an International Financial Centre rests on the quality of its services and its pool of highly qualified professionals. The Financial Services Act (FSA) adopted in 2007, simplifies the regulatory regime and consolidates the legislative framework of the global business sector. In monitoring the conduct of business activities of its licensees, the Financial Services Commission (FSC) focuses inter alia on market conduct, Anti-Money Laundering and Combating the Financing of Terrorism requirements, corporate governance principles and international norms and standards.

There are two different types of companies in Mauritius, namely domestic and Global Business Companies.

  • Domestic Company – trading mainly onshore and may be involved mainly in exporting activities as well
  • Global Business Licence – where the majority of shares or voting rights or the legal interest in a resident company, are held by a person who is not a citizen of Mauritius and such company proposes to conduct business principally outside Mauritius.

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